Fubuki townhouses are situated in Hirafu Village, Niseko, a pristine environment on the northern Island of Hokkaido in the food bowl of Japan. It is an area that boasts 15 meters of powder snow annually with 47 Kilometers of runs for all level of skiers to enjoy.
The three townhouses offer modern/timeless Japanese design with the ultimate in natural finishes. They provide a wonderful feeling of spaciousness and light through ceiling to floor windows with spectacular views to Yotei and the snow laden birch tree forest behind.
Catering for families and groups of 10, 8 and 6 people in either king or split king/single beds, Fubuki is in a quiet village location walking distance from lifts, shops, and restaurants and situated on the village shuttle bus route.
Not purely a winter destination, the area benefits from pleasant summers with warm temperatures and low humidity. Niseko has an abundance clear streams for salmon fishing and rafting, mountain trails for biking and trekking, tennis courts as well as an array of championship golf courses. And of course, for those who want to take it easy there are cooking courses, onsens and day spas for pampering.
Young and old alike, winter or summer, there is an activity for everyone. Fubuki provides a way to experience the true Japanese culture.
Getting to Niseko
Niseko is on Japan’s Northern Island of Hokkaido, so most visitors fly into Sapporo’s New Chitose International Airport, before taking a ground transfer to Niseko Hirafu. There are regular direct flights to Sapporo from many Asian countries, including Hong Kong, China and Taiwan and South Korea. Currently there are no direct flights from Australia to Sapporo. The easiest way for Aussies to get to Sapporo is to fly direct to Tokyo, or any other major Japanese city, and then connect with a short domestic flight to New Chitose Airport . JAL ( Japan Airlines) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) operate regular flights from Tokyo to Sapporo, and the flight time is about one and a half hours.
Once you have arrived at New Chitose Airport, to get to Niseko, we recommend the following transfer methods:
Getting to Niseko
The most common mode of transport is to get a bus from Chitose to Niseko (which is approx 120km from Niseko, 3 hours - including a 20 minute stop at the half way point to stretch your legs). The trip is very scenic during the winter months and is a relaxing way to get to and from Niseko Hirafu Village. The buses in winter tend to fill up fast, so it is advisable to book your Niseko transfer in advance. Niseko Accommodation can pre- book you on a regular scheduled bus to coincide with your flight arrival time. From the time you arrive at New Chitose International Airport, you need to allow a minimum of 60 minutes for the collection of your luggage, and to get through security. Once cleared, you simply make your way to the transfer desk at the airport and you will be directed onto the bus. The staff are English speaking, very efficient and helpful. Once you arrive in Niseko at the Welcome Centre - Carpark 1, one of our local representatives will pick you up and take you directly to your chosen accommodation. Likewise, when departing, you will be picked up from your property and dropped at the Welcome Centre - Carpark 1 in time for your departing scheduled bus.
Please Note: When booking flights, that the last bus leaves New Chitose International Airport for Niseko at 9.00pm, however private transfers are available.
Bus transfers for spring, summer and autumn (over the warmer months of the year) cease operation, however, private transfers can still be booked year round.
This is by far the quickest and easiest way to tranfer to Niseko from the airport. Your own driver will meet you at the airport, drive you the 2.5 hours to Hirafu and drop you at the door of your accommodation. There you will be met and checked in by our local representative, who will explain your accommodation, give you tips on how and where to ski Niseko, and the Niseko Hirafu Village.
As Hokkaido´s roads are well maintained and for the most part uncrowded, renting a vehicle is a great way to get to Niseko during the summer months. There are a variety of companies offering an extensive range of vehicles which we can pre-book for you upon your arrival. Please note that you will require a valid international driver’s license to rent a vehicle in Japan.
During the winter months we do not recommend you hire a car and drive to Niseko Hirafu, due to the extreme snow and treacherous road conditions.
Winter in Niseko
Niseko sits on Japan’s northernmost Island of Hokkaido and due to both the quality and reliability of the snow, has developed a reputation as Asia’s No.1 ski destination. From mid December until the end of March each year, Niseko Japan, is blanketed by a massive 15 metres of the lightest, driest powder snow on the planet.
The ski fields comprise of four different resorts (Annupuri, Higashiyama, Hirafu and Hanazano) which all interlink at the top of Mt. Annupuri. All four resorts can be accessed with the use of one All Mountain Lift Pass. Niseko has 34 chair lifts and 3 Gondolas which can take you to a myriad of different ski and boarding environments, including nearly 50kms of groomed runs, terrain parks and acres of deep powder forests. The lifts are open for 12 hours each day from 8.30am until 8.30pm.
For the young and young at heart, give the Hanazano Adventure Park a go. Try sledding/tobogganing or go snow tubing behind a snow mobile. If that’s not enough for you, spend some time perfecting your moves in Hanazano’s world class terrain park and half pipe.
One of the truly unique activities, you must try if you visit Niseko, is to experience Night Skiing. Niseko Hirafu Resort has one of the largest, and best lit, night skiing areas in the world. The lifts are open until 8.30pm each night in winter and almost the entire mountain is illuminated. The slopes take on a magical appearance at night and the mountain is virtually deserted.
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